The 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is coming to a close in Washington D.C, Australian Space Agency continued its push for international collaborations. Under the auspicious leadership of Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Hon. Karen Andrews MP, Australian Space Agency signed multiple agreements with German Aerospace Centre, Italian Space Agency, New Zealand Space Agency and Maxar Technologies.
The Letter of Intent with the German Space Agency (DLR), German Aerospace Centre, will focus on cooperative projects such as Biomedical research under space conditions and quantum technologies.
The Italian Space Agency signed an MoU to support in the areas of space policy, law and regulation, space weather, space education and health care.
New Zealand Space Agency will facilitate collaboration in areas which could include launch and orbital/suborbital mission, ground segment networks and remote assets management.
Maxar Technologies, a global leader in earth observation solutions and based in U.S signed a Statement of Strategic intent.
Minister Andrews said that international partnerships were key to growing Australia’ space industry. She added, “Australia is never going to be the biggest player, but by engaging our businesses and researchers with other space agencies and industry players around the world, we can carve out our place globally and reap the economic rewards.
“A perfect example is our recent agreement with NASA. We are investing $150 million into Australian businesses so they can be part of the supply chain in the Moon to Mars mission.
“These new agreements with the Italian, German and New Zealand space agencies build on that investment as we work to triple the size of the sector in Australia to $12 billion and create 20,000 new jobs by 2030.”